Going to a Non Accredited Nursing School?

I am on the waiting list to attend a local vocational schools Nursing LPN Program. I noticed on their website they are not accredited. If I continue and graduate how will this affect me if I wanted to move on to be an RN?
I thought about working as an LPN for a little while then a “bridge program” for RN but if this school os not accredited will I have to basically start over?
Thank you for your answers. I did some more checking and they are accredited by Council on Occupational Education (COE). so I wonder if this will be good enough or if they have to be specifically accredited for Nursing?.

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  1. If the school is not on this list, you will be wasting your time.

    http://health.state.tn.us/boards/Nursing/education.htm

    If you have the chance, you should go straight for RN and skip the LPN.

  2. ---JULI--- says:

    If it’s not accredited, you are going to be hard-pressed to find a job! Especially at a reputable facility.

    Accredidation by either the NLN or AACN/CCNE ensures that the program meets JCAHO (TJC) minimum standards for being hired as a nurse (RN or LPN) in a hospital. Choose a program that’s not NLN accredited and you’ll find you will not get hired at any reputable facility. There are a lot of new grad nurses out there from NLN and AACN/CCNE accredited programs, so hospitals can afford to be picky, and those that are wanting Magnet Status and JCAHO accredidation are quite selective.

    http://www.nlnac.org/Forms/directory_search.htm

    Or

    http://www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation/accprogs.htm

    To choose an unaccredited school for practical nursing means that your education won’t be recognized by accredited RN programs. Don’t be foolish…simply find a school that is accredited or you will have to start over!